Farmington man pleads guilty to meth trafficking

Steve Garrison
Kenneth Verzani

FARMINGTON — A 63-year-old Farmington man has pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine trafficking for allegedly selling more than half of a pound of meth to undercover agents from the Region II Narcotics Taskforce.

Kenneth Verzani was initially charged in state court in June on allegations he sold meth to an undercover agent several times in 2015 at locations throughout San Juan County.

He is accused of selling meth to the agent on May 5, May 28, June 2 and June 7, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

On June 10, agents executed a search warrant at his residence in Farmington and recovered approximately 2.8 pounds of meth and $4,260 in cash, according to the plea agreement.

In November, prosecutors dismissed the charges in state court in favor of federal prosecution, according to court records.

Verzani was indicted in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico on five counts of trafficking, but pleaded guilty Thursday to only one count in a plea agreement with prosecutors, court records state.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.

A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Region II Narcotics Taskforce. Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Kraehe is prosecuting the case.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.